Rite Aid Workers Authorize Strike

If the strike moves forward, it will affect stores in neighboring Azusa and San Dimas.

Workers at Rite Aid stores throughout Southern California voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if no progress is made in contract talks, their union announced Tuesday.

"The members' emphatic rejection of Rite Aid's demands and their vote for strike authorization will push management toward negotiating an agreement the workers can ratify," the leaders of the seven union locals representing the workers said in a joint statement.

Rite Aid officials could not be reached for immediate comment.

The chain has stores in neighboring Azusa and San Dimas.

The union locals represent workers at Rite Aid stores stretching from Kern County to the Mexican border. Union members voted on a strike authorization and management's most recent labor proposals between Thursday and Monday.

Union officials said Rite Aid was seeking nearly three dozen concessions from workers, including what they called an elimination of health care for workers' spouses and children, increased out-of-pocked costs for health care, elimination of sick leave pay, reduction in work hours and elimination of the 40-hour work week.

Let them strike. Rite Aid (RAD, ticker sysbol on Wall Street) is 30% unproductive than either CVS or Walgreens. It's about to go BK as they've been losing money since 2008. Their net income is a negative, the stock price is a dismal $1.18 a common share. Like Radio Shack they no longer pay a dividend. Go on strike as they're about to close many stores.


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